Fiat Chrysler to recall 50K SUVs; engines could stall while driving

FILE - In this July 22, 2011 file photo, the Chrysler logo is displayed at a car dealership in Omaha, Neb. A government investigation into confusing gear shifters like the one in the SUV that crushed and killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin on June 19,  found 266 crashes that injured 68 people. The numbers are in documents posted Tuesday, June 28, 2016 by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The investigation was closed after Fiat Chrysler agreed to recall 1.1 million vehicles.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
FILE - In this July 22, 2011 file photo, the Chrysler logo is displayed at a car dealership in Omaha, Neb. A government investigation into confusing gear shifters like the one in the SUV that crushed and killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin on June 19, found 266 crashes that injured 68 people. The numbers are in documents posted Tuesday, June 28, 2016 by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The investigation was closed after Fiat Chrysler agreed to recall 1.1 million vehicles.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 50,000 small SUVs worldwide because the engines could stall while being driven.

The recall covers the Dodge Journey and Jeep Compass and Patriot from the 2016 model year. All have 2-liter or 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines.

The company says a sensor connector in the engine can malfunction. That can cause the SUVs to either stall or fail to start.

Fiat Chrysler says it doesn’t know of any crashes or injuries due to the problem.

Most of the recalled vehicles are in the U.S., and all were built during an 11-week period last spring.

Dealers will replace the sensor connector for the crankshaft and camshaft. Owners will be notified about when to bring vehicles in for repairs. Owners with questions can call FCA at (800) 853-1403.